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Everybody was Kung Fu fighting…

Chess blogs traditionally lack videos of people being choked into unconsciousness. But with the help of our Quality Chess editor, IM Andrew Greet, we can put that right. On Sunday, Andrew won his section at the 2016 Scottish Open for Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (Blue belt, 36+ years, under 79.5kg).

So congratulations to Andrew, and commiserations to the chokee (who recovered fine, as can be seen by the photo below the fold).

Andrew wins

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  1. Jimmy
    April 12th, 2016 at 13:40 | #1

    “Chess blogs traditionally lack videos of people being choked into unconsciousness.” – Hilarious, this just made my day!
    Congrats Andrew!

  2. Bill
    April 12th, 2016 at 14:06 | #2

    I think he had him in the Mattress Bind.

  3. Daniel
    April 12th, 2016 at 14:12 | #3

    Jesus, what a horrible ref. The fight was clearly over and he let it go on an extra 10 seconds. Props to Andrew for being a gentleman!

  4. TonyRo
    April 12th, 2016 at 14:18 | #4

    Nice triangle Andrew! Dude turned into it! 😉

  5. Douwe
    April 12th, 2016 at 16:33 | #5

    Choke mate?!

    Or: Choke, mate?!

  6. Pinpon
    April 12th, 2016 at 17:46 | #6

    Seems triangulation is a good way to win a BJJ ending

  7. Tobias
    April 12th, 2016 at 20:19 | #7

    That will be my belt/weight/age class once I turn 36 later this year, maybe I should stop by at the QC office for some chess-BJJ at some point 🙂 though I’ll have to practice much more BJJ until then, my chances in chess are too bad…

  8. Paul
    April 12th, 2016 at 21:33 | #8

    Lesson learned:

    Never pick a fight with a…chess player? O.o

  9. The Doctor
    April 13th, 2016 at 06:32 | #9

    Looks likes Andrew has a distinct ‘age’ advantage in that bout ?

  10. Andrew Greet
    April 13th, 2016 at 13:07 | #10

    Thanks for the comments! My brief replies:

    Daniel – yes, the ref should have spotted it sooner for sure.

    Tony – indeed, his reaction left a lot to be desired! I guess he was trying to slip his head out… or maybe he just didn’t understand that turning that way would tighten the angle of the choke.

    Douwe/Pinpon – I like it!

    Tobias – I don’t know if you’re based anywhere near Glasgow but you’ll be welcome to stop by our BJJ gym any time (Gracie Barra Glasgow). I’m also planning an active BJJ competition schedule this year so I might even run into you at one of them if you’re doing the same.

    And Doctor – indeed, the age category was 36+; I turned 36 last October, but I guess my opponent did so a while before me. So yes, I had an age advantage – on the other hand, it was technique rather than athleticism that won the match.

  11. Soviet School
    April 13th, 2016 at 20:30 | #11

    It was a little bit frightening, but they did it with expert timing

  12. Tobias
    April 13th, 2016 at 20:36 | #12

    Andrew, I would love to but I wasn’t quite serious (I live in Sweden). I just don’t know anyone who practises BJJ and plays chess, so I was glad to read this blog entry.
    For those interested in picking up martial arts: BJJ is actually called the “chess of martial arts”, as (at least on high level) there’s a strong focus on maneuvering and slightly improving ones position, prior to for instance choking someone. Less focus on pure physical strength (though it does help). Can be learned at all ages!

    April 14th, 2016 at 06:04 | #13

    ### GM Repertoire 6B – Sicilian Najdorf by Ftacnik ###

    To my mind this book won’t see a daylight.

    Either there was dispute with Ftacnik about 2nd edition regarding money or something similar, or there is no replacement for him. I wonder how difficult it is to write a 2nd edition of the book when you already have done a mile step.

    Besides, there is huge stubbornness by Quality management who don’t want to include two lines against all lines, especially against Be2 which was paired only with Scheveningen … e6, when all top players prefer … e5. Why not to satisfy readers?

    Besides, author like Bologan have 2 lines for everybody’s taste in his 1.e4 e5 books!

  14. The Doctor
    April 14th, 2016 at 06:24 | #14


    it has certainly been in the pipeline for an extraordinarily long time. This does suggest done ‘difficulty’ writing the second volume regarding the author.

    I actually quite liked the fact 6…e6 was suggested in the Be2,f4 and Be3 lines and can see why QC would be reluctant to suggest two options. However I agree iteoukd be amazing if they did!!

    I know Javob had said the situation is ‘messy’. So we can take from that that there are some kind if issue writing the second volume.

    Hopefully it will be out we some point, but I get the impression QC have other priorities.

  15. Thomas
    April 14th, 2016 at 08:12 | #15

    @LE BRUIT QUI COURT Where is the problem?
    You can write that book, find a publisher – I would suggest IshiPress – and that book will see the daylight very soon!

  16. James
    April 14th, 2016 at 16:57 | #16

    I’d love to see a 2nd edition of Schandorff’s Caro-Kann GM Rep book. I think also Peter Wells could be considered if Schandorff doesn’t want to write it.

  17. Douwe
    April 15th, 2016 at 16:54 | #17

    All books deserve a meaningful subtitel. May I suggest: The Najdorf Sicilian 6b – Wrestling Roman Style.

  18. ElSnajso
    April 22nd, 2016 at 11:51 | #18

    That was really scary, thought you were about to really hurt the other guy. Isn’t choking really dangerous?

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